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Interviews, tests, and written work

Exam results are an important criteria for admission, but they're far from the only information聽we look at.

We聽also consider your聽performance in written tests and at interview, as well as聽your references, your personal statement, and your individual circumstances.

Interviews

For 2023-2024, we will be interviewing shortlisted applicants virtually, with interviews taking place in December.

We invite about 80 per cent聽of those who apply to 汤头条原创 to聽interview. The interviews are conducted by specialists in the subject you've chosen to study.

The aim聽of the interviews is to discover whether:

  • You have a genuine passion for the subject
  • The course is an appropriate choice for you
  • You are a clear thinker, with聽analytical ability, and enthusiasm for complex and challenging ideas.

What the interviews will cover

Our questions are designed to assess your ability to use what you already know in unfamiliar situations, and determine聽whether you can see connections. We're also looking to see whether you can聽assimilate and use new information or ideas that we give you.

You may be asked questions about your personal statement and the subjects you have studied in the past, and sometimes an interviewer may ask you to clarify some factual or practical aspect of your application. You may also be asked to discuss a text or a specimen if they are relevant to the course you're applying for, or to work through a problem that the interviewers show you.

We aim for a structured but also relatively informal discussion in which we can see you thinking through problems. Questions are not designed to trick you. You can take your time to think about your reply, or to ask for clarification. Don鈥檛 worry if you stumble or feel you need to backtrack on something you were saying: we are not looking for a 鈥榮mooth鈥 performance, we聽want to hear your thoughts.

You can 聽to get a sense of what to expect on the day.

Preparing for your聽interviews

The best preparation for your聽interviews is to explore聽your interests beyond聽your school curriculum. Make聽full use of any information sources you have access to:聽your school or local聽library, TV or radio programmes, websites and blogs, newspapers, magazines, etc.

You can also develop your interview skills by discussing what you have learned with your fellow students, family members, teachers, or anyone else who may be interested. This will help聽you practice thinking clearly, developing an argument, and defending your position.

If you're planning to get some work experience that could be relevant to your application, try to complete it before you apply. Then you can draw on the experience to discuss your interest in the course, and the knowledge and skills you've gained.

Just before the interviews, make sure you reread your application and any written work you have submitted. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time, wearing something that you feel comfortable in. Try to give clear and focused answers, take time to think whenever you need to, or to ask for clarification. Remember that content and not style is most important to us.

You can find more tips聽about preparing for interview on .听

Interview schedule

This year interviews are likely to be held between 4 and 15 December 2023.听 Please note that these dates are provisional and may be subject to change.

Tests

Written assessments are another important part of the admissions process. We use聽course聽specific tests to evaluate your current understanding and knowledge of the subject and any relevant skills you have developed.

These聽assessments聽are not simple pass or聽fail tests, but we take them into account together with everything else. In other words, a weak performance in the written test can be compensated聽by strong performance elsewhere in your application.听

A number of subjects hold assessments in mid-October before interviews take place:

  • Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Natural Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine.

These subjects require you to register in advance. Full details, including the relevant deadlines, can be found on .

Other subjects hold written assessments around the time of interview:

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (if combining with a Modern Language)
  • Classics
  • Design
  • English
  • History
  • History and Modern Languages
  • History and Politics
  • History of Art
  • Linguistics
  • Modern and Medieval Languages聽
  • Music
  • Philosophy

You do not need to register for these in advance and we will provide details directly to you.

There are no common format written assessments for Mathematics.

You can find more detailed information about written assessments, as well as sample tests and tips on how to prepare, on .

Written work

Depending on the course you've聽applied聽for you may be asked to submit written work. We may use this as a starting point for discussion at interview. Please note that the submission deadline for all聽subjects asking for written work will be 2 November 2023. The College will provide full details to all applicants.

Don鈥檛 forget to add the signed coversheet to each piece of work that you submit (you'll receive further information about the聽coversheets聽when you apply). Make sure you keep a copy for yourself so that you can reread it before your interview.听

Subject

Written work

Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and聽Celtic

Two examples of marked work done as part of your school course,聽up to 2,000 words each,聽in any relevant subject. This can be a coursework extract.

Archaeology

Applicants are required to submit one piece of聽written work. This should be in essay format (not science coursework or a timed exam) with a word limit of up to 1,500 words. The work can be extracted from an EPQ.听

Architecture

One PDF (6 A4 pages, and less than 15MB in size) of your own artwork should be submitted. The selection of images should, in part, reflect material you might share with your interviewers (if invited) as part of your portfolio.

Classics

Two examples of marked work done as part of your school course,聽up to 5,000 words each,聽in the last two years. Coursework may be work submitted for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a written test, an essay, or a language exercise such as a translation or composition. If you study Latin, Greek, Classical Civilisation, or Ancient History at school聽please make sure one piece of work,聽and preferably both,聽is from one of those subjects.

Design One PDF (6 A4 pages, and less than 15MB in size) of your own artwork should be submitted. The selection of images should, in part, reflect material you might share with your interviewers (if invited) as part of your portfolio.

Education

All applicants are required to submit two pieces of聽written work. These should be in essay format (not science coursework or a timed exam) and can be extracted from an EPQ.

English

Two examples of marked work done as part of your English Literature course (of any length). One can be a coursework extract instead of an essay.

History

Two examples of what you consider to be your best work,聽of any length, preferably an essay written as part of your History course (if you are taking History).

History and Modern Languages

You will be asked to submit two pieces of written work you have completed at school. If you are applying for a post-A Level language, one piece of written work should be in the language you intend to study.

History and Politics

You'll be asked to submit two short classwork essays of聽up to 2,000 words each for illustrative purposes.听聽An extract of longer coursework can be submitted instead of an essay. 聽The work can be from any subject, and won't聽necessarily be discussed during your聽interview.

History of Art

Two examples of what you consider to be your best marked work done as part of your school course,聽of any length and聽in any humanities subject. This can be a coursework extract.

Human, Social,聽and聽Political Sciences (HSPS)

Candidates for HSPS at 汤头条原创 are normally asked to submit two pieces of written school work for illustrative purposes. These can be from any subject, and will not necessarily be discussed during the interview.

Modern and Medieval Languages

You'll need to submit two pieces of聽written work聽prior to interview. These should be recent examples of writing completed for school, one of which should be in one of the languages you intend to study at University.听

Music

One example of marked work of any length, done as part of your school course,聽preferably in Music, and a musical composition or a harmony exercise.

Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion

Two examples of marked work done as part of your school course,聽up to 2,000 words each,聽in any subject; this can be a coursework extract.

Please see individual聽subject pages聽for further information.

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